President Donald Trump has appointed two hard-line opponents of illegal immigration, who have held leadership posts at two organizations labeled as hate groups, to high-level advisory jobs at federal immigration agencies in the Department of Homeland Security CNN reported.
Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, has been hired as an adviser to Customs and Border Protection acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, according to Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan.
In Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jon Feere, a former legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, or CIS, has been hired as an adviser to Thomas D. Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Lapan said.
FAIR and CIS are think tanks based in Washington that advocate restricting legal and illegal immigration, but whose more extreme views on illegal immigration and undocumented immigrants have earned them hate group designations by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization that has been tracking hate groups since the 1980s.
Both groups have been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fights anti-Semitism, for frequently publishing the works of and collaborating with known anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.
FAIR, CIS, and a host of other leading anti-immigrant organizations in the nation were founded by John Tanton, who has openly embraced eugenics, the science of selective breeding and sterilization of genetically undesirable groups.
Kirchner joined the Donald Trump presidential campaign as an immigration adviser before being appointed to Customs and Border Protection.
While at CIS, Feere promoted legislation to end automatic citizenship for US-born children of undocumented immigrants. Feere also was quoted frequently in the publications of VDARE.com, a white nationalist website, according to the report.